Monday, July 1, 2013

What's Up Monday

Hi Everyone! 

I realized that when I posted my goals for Ready. Set. Write! last week, I forgot to include the rest of the headings for What's Up Wednesday (or, in my case, Monday) so here are this week's!

Last week, I finished listening to the audiobook version of A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz and I LOVED it!  I read the hardback version a year or so ago and I loved it then too, but the audiobook version made me feel like I was discovering the story for the very first time! It's geared toward Middle Grade readers, but honestly I think people of all ages would enjoy this funny, scary, grim, and sometimes even bloody read!  I just started listening to the audiobook version of the sequel, In a Glass Grimmly, and I love it already! :)

Last week, when I made my original goals for Ready. Set. Write!, I thought I had made goals that were challenging, yet doable, but for the last few days I've been having a bit of a mental freak out when I started thinking too much about all the things I need/want to accomplish writing-wise. 
I have so many stories I want to write, and all these goals I want to set and accomplish in order to get to where I want to be (finish and polish a manuscript, then begin to pursue publication) hopefully in the near future, that I've started to lose enjoyment in the projects that I'm working on. 
I know it's important to learn to treat writing like a job, but I think I've been taking things too seriously and it's been stressing me out, making me cranky, and at times making me feel almost ill with anxiety, and I know that that's no way to live!  As much as I want to get to a point where I can finally send my book out into the big bad world of publishing, I also never want to forget the reason why I even started writing in the first place: Because I love it!
I know that I still want to take writing seriously, but not so seriously that I get to a point where I make myself sick because of it.  So, with that in mind, I've decided to create new, more manageable, goals:
  •  Write 500 words a day on WIP #1
  • Exercise for 20 minutes a day
  • Write 500 words a day on WIP #2
  • Take at least one day off a week
  • Reward myself every time I meet my goals
 So, I think those goals will be totally doable, and I'm glad that I identified early on that I was headed down a dangerous path by trying to push myself too hard!  I'm excited to begin my new habits and achieve my new goals in a manageable, adjustable fashion! :)
Honestly, all I've really been up to lately is writing, but when I'm not writing, I've either been busy reading, sun tanning, camping, or watching great T.V. (Grimm, so cool/scary!) movies (The Heat, so hilarious!)

My fellow Ready. Set. Write! participants.  You guys are so motivating and inspiring and I love reading your posts each week to see what you've all accomplished!  Also, I recently watched Katy Perry: Part of Me, the movie about her 2011 tour and all the ups and downs she's experienced in her life so far and by the time I was done watching I felt totally inspired and ready to tackle the world! (I also had Katy Perry songs playing on a loop inside my head for hours afterward, but that's okay, because I <3 her music!)

Until next week,


Miss Cole said...

I try to treat writing like a second full time job too, but you're so right about needing to remember it's fun and enjoyable too!

Good luck with your goals.

Sarah Chafin said...

I love that you added working out to your goals. That is something that I end up skipping way to often. Good luck on your goals for the week! Oh, and I love Katy Perry too :)

Alison Miller said...

Ohmygosh - Katy Perry is my hero. Seriously. She is so inspiring and FIREWORK is the song that continually keeps me going.

And I'm so glad you've adjusted your writing goals so you can enjoy writing. Good luck this week!

Sara Biren said...

I'm glad to see that you've realized you were pushing yourself too hard. You're right - if you're so stressed about whether or not you're accomplishing your goals, you won't enjoy the process. Your ideas will keep until you have a chance to get to them. I keep an small purse-sized notebook handy at all times to jot down the ideas that come to me randomly, but find that I can really only focus on one idea at a time.

Good luck with your goals this week and enjoy your weekend!